The Wasserman Youth and Adolescent Center is a day treatment program for youth who are severely emotionally disturbed and cannot be maintained in regular school programming. The Wasserman Youth and Adolescent Center (WYAC) currently has two programs, Day Treatment (DT) and TranQuest (TQ), both of which serve children and adolescents ages 8-18.
The programs operate year round, five days per week. During the academic year, program hours are 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Monday through Friday, with two evenings per month designated for Parent Group. During the summer program, the program hours are 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM Monday through Friday. WYAC is staffed 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM year round.
The DT treatment program is designed to help children with significant mental health needs to succeed and thrive in a structured setting. This program provides 80% mental health treatment (15 hours per week) and 20% academic instruction (5 hours per week). Children and adolescents in the DT program are not able to be maintained in a public school setting due to the severity of their mental health symptoms. Youth in this program learn and use coping strategies to manage their mood and behavior in ways that will help them achieve their goals and move to a less intensive treatment setting. The DT program emphasizes the importance of active participation by parents and guardians in treatment. Therapeutic groups are an integral part of the treatment program. Group activities focus on enhancing social and emotional development. Groups provide the opportunity to work on coping skills, problem solving skills, behavioral self-control, anger management skills, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, communication and social skills.
The TQ program is designed to help children with mental health needs be successful and thrive in a structured setting. Children and adolescents in the TQ program are not able to be maintained in a public school setting due to the severity of their mental health symptoms; however, youth in this program function higher than those in the DT program and can handle a heavier academic workload. This program provides 50% (2 ½ hours per day) of mental health treatment and 50% (2 ½ hours per day) of academic instruction. As in the DT program, the TQ program utilizes therapeutic groups as the main mode of treatment. The treatment groups in this program also provide the opportunity to work on developing coping skills, problem solving skills, behavioral self-control, anger management skills, communication and social skills.
Referrals: Referrals must be made by the child’s local school district. To make a referral, call (513) 732-8800.
Payment: Medicaid, Private Insurance, Self-Pay, CFI has a sliding fee scale based upon income.